The Helpers: An International Tale of Espionage and Corruption

The Helpers: An International Tale of Espionage and Corruption

by S. E. Nelson
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On the surface, Congo seems to be having the usual rebel conflict. Behind the scenes is a different story. "The Helpers" - a very powerful underground organization whose members include international businessmen and high priests, are determined to maintain a stronghold on the natural resources of Congo. When American journalist, Jenny Osborne, and her photojournalist, John Spencer, arrive in Kinshasa to report on the rebel situation, they soon discover that things are not as they seem. Monsieur Lance Lemmand, a veteran French Intelligence Officer in DRC, suspects the hand of

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497521285
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/06/2014
Pages: 450
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

S. E Nelson is an award-winning author who has lived and worked in Africa, Europe and North America. Nelson is the author of: Nightmare Along the River Nile - A Story of Twentieth Century Slavery which was inspired by actual events that happened to many young boys and girls in northern Uganda in the 1990s.

Customer Reviews

The Helpers: An International Tale of Espionage and Corruption 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ruth Ballings More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book after seeing it listed on Africa Book Club as the editor's pick. I was not disappointed. What a ride. An American journalist goes to Congo to report on a war situation and finds out that there is a hidden organization behind the scenes which controls the country and all hell breaks loose after that. She ends up on the run. I won't give up more but the detail in this book is out of this world. I didn't even mind that the book was so big. It kept me interested from beginning to end. The research that must have gone into making a story like this is to be respected. I enjoyed the authors first book, but this one blew me away. I am just waiting for a sequel.
GraceGK More than 1 year ago
This book is full of intrigue, fast paced and yet very educational. A lot of research must have gone into this book. The setting was good that I felt like I knew the places. The characters are well written to the point where I felt like I understood them and their motives. Even the bad characters were interesting. The book kept me on my toes from start to finish. I would definitely recommend this book to any adult who is interested in international thrillers and intrigue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
African_Books More than 1 year ago
In The Helpers (published in 2010 by CreateSpace), Suzanna Nelson, author of Nightmare along the River Nile, delivers a thriller that readers will enjoy. This is a book packed with intrigue, suspense, and romance. The story begins in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There is war going on, and Captain Pierre-Jean Phillippe and his boss Lance work for the French Military Intelligence. In the fight to bring about reconciliation in the deep-ethnic-hatred population, they receive more perturbing information that a missile has been imported into the country. Who imported it and who what is it meant for? The first chapters are introductory- the reader gets a glimpse of what is happening in the DRC, and the role of the French. We meet Jenny Osborn, an intelligent and beautiful free lance journalist, and her friend and business partner John Spencer, a photographer based in New York. The two have been assigned to Kinshasa to get the real story behind war and the way forward for Congo. For Jenny it is obvious that the few government officials she interviews have something to hide, a suspicion that is further reinforced when John is harassed for taking photographs. As Jenny tries to dig deeper, a series of high profile murders take place in the city; and the rebels are fast advancing to the city. When the fighting intensifies, and Jenny is about to give up; she receives a note from Kai, a young girl, claiming to have very important information concerning Gaston (a professional assassin) and The Helpers. Could this be the lead she’s been looking for all along? Who are The Helpers? And what is their interest in the DRC? It gets more baffling when the president is assassinated shortly after and the country is thrown into more chaos. This is a story about espionage, corruption, and murder that takes readers on a whirlwind world tour – from Kinshasa to Paris, Spain, Brussels, and New York. Lance is one remarkable character- it was exciting reading about his schemes in dodging The Helpers and trying to expose them at the same time. And one can’t help but admire Jenny’s courage when she rescues Kai and her mother, or when the Helpers come after her. And her feelings for Pierre, thrown in for good measure, make one read with anticipation. At 500 pages, The Helpers is a big volume, with very many chapters but the author’s prose is perfect, and one is glued to it from beginning till the end.
Diane-Ndaba More than 1 year ago
Any one who would loves thrillers or would love to read one should go for this book. It is one exciting read from the beginning to end! The story begins in the DRC but by the time one reads the last chapter, you will have experienced Paris, New York, Spain, Brussels. The author's prose is good, a detailed kind of writing that will have the characters and the events that take place "come alive" as one reads page after page. Jenny Osborne is a journalist that has just gone to the DRC with her friend and business partner John Spencer on an assignment about the war in the Congo. From the first day, it is obvious that the assignment might not be so easy at all, the few government officials they contact just give them cover-ups and there is no direct way of contacting the rebels to get their side of the story. Some days later, there are many assassinations of many high profile people which makes it more confusing. As the situation worsens and Jenny is about to give up, she is contacted by Kai, who gives her information about the planned assassination of the president and the evil group The Helpers. Who are they and what is their interest in the Congo? Even though it's fictitious, it also gives the reader some important historical facts of the country. Just find out by reading The Helpers. I was not disappointed at all and I look forward to the author's next book.
ALLBOOKSREVIEWSJW More than 1 year ago
Okay, thrill-seekers . . . fasten your seatbelts, because once you pick up this book, you’re in for one hell of a roller coaster ride—skillfully delivered via the intricate, ingenious and serpentine plotting genius of Suzanna E. Nelson. In this impeccably researched, classic, spy v. spy story (quite rightfully billed as “an international tale of espionage and corruption”), we get the whole enchilada: rebels, moles, wire-tapping, arms smuggling, Western denials, ineffective international aid agencies, atrocities, assassinations, civilian massacres, abductions, snipers, murder, kidnapping, blackmail, bent agents, politics, lies, betrayals, and phony schmoozing. In short, all the ingredients which couldn’t be more appropriate to mirror the ongoing pillage and corruption involved in current 3rd World affairs (since forever, it seems). And who to trust? HUGE question! Plus, there’s even a touch of spicy romance. Yowsa! Our protagonist is Jenny Osborne, an attractive, smart, and resourceful reporter who doesn’t know the meaning of “no”. But she’s up against some heavy hitters going by the name of “The Helpers”. Helpers? Excuse me? International businessmen and priests helping themselves to the Congo’s vast national resources is more like it. Now, the story starts off simple. During an uprising in the in Congo, word is out that surface to air missiles and launchers are being smuggled to the rebels. The World Press starts digging. Jenny forms local alliances and enemies, which kick starts an international scramble of evasion and ultimate search for Lance Lemand, a French intelligence officer before it is too late. But can she trust him? Maybe. Oh yeah . . . by the way? It just so happens that Lance’s buddy, Pierre, happens to be Brad-Pitt-handsome. Uh-oh. An already complex plot thickens . . . The author does an impressive job of blending backstory and manages seamless transitions among the multitude of points-of-view. Not an easy task. Her characters are engaging (one is named “Balls”) and she juggles them well. She provides plenty of surprising twists, the climax is satisfying, and the story segues beautifully for a sequel. But her real talent? It lies in her wonderfully convoluted mishmash of serpentine plotting. Of that, she is a Jedi Master. By this time, you can easily tell that I loved the story but, being a reviewer, I’m obligated to the reading public to point out any bothersome things. That being the case, I have to admit that I found her dialogue could ring just a bit more natural. And, I believe the size of the novel—nearly a daunting 500 pages with relatively small font—could be cut considerably, making it more initially attractive to readers. However, let me emphasize that neither of these things detracted from a terrific read. No way. The book jacket tells us that Suzanna E. Nelson is a consultant for the United Nations and has worked in Africa, Europe, and North America. No wonder her research was so impressive and impeccable, even enlightening us readers to histories of atrocities going back to colonial times. Stuff everybody should know. She is also the author of NIGHTMARE ALONG THE RIVER NILE: A STORY OF TWENTIETH CENTURY SLAVERY. Recommended by reviewer: Jan Evan Whitford, Allbooks Reviews
GeekyGirlReviews More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I read this book. It is the second book by Suzanna E. Nelson that I have read and I think I may have found a new author to put on my list of favorites. I got sucked into the story and didn't want to put it down and I very much can't wait for the sequel . This fast-paced book is full of suspense and is very well written. I highly recommend this.
penpaldem More than 1 year ago
The premise of this story is about a journalist, who goes to the war-zone of Congo and gets herself in trouble when she comes across a secret. The author managed to describe the tense environment so well that I could just feel it. She also gave us the history of why things were the way they were, and how the helpers had come about, which was an eye opener to me. The story was very original and a great thriller but what I loved even more were the characters. The characters were so diverse which made story interesting and fun to read. Alongside the serious journalists, governments officials and secrets agents were some humorous crooks who were so different. At times I found myself laughing, and other times I was on pins and needles wondering what was going to happen next. This story was so expertly weaved that I can't wait to read the next one.